Sunderland made it six derby wins in a row as they hammered 10-man Newcastle 3-0 at The Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Newcastle bossed the first 45 minutes until first-half stoppage time when their skipper Fabricio Coloccini was controversially sent off for a shoulder barge on Steven Fletcher. The referee Robert Madley awarded the penalty, which Adam Johnson converted, and sent Coloccini off to compound matters for the visitors and the raging Steve McClaren.
And from there on in the Geordies were chasing the game as Billy Jones (65) added a second – hammering home from close range from a corner – while Fletcher (86) capped off the win with a volley from a second-half breakaway.
Sam Allardyce became the fourth successive boss to bounce back from an opening defeat to beat arch-rivals Newcastle as Sunderland finally secured their first Premier League win of the season.
Magpies boss Steve McClaren, who had seen his side dominate until Coloccini’s exit, angrily confronted Madley on the pitch at half-time, but it was all to no avail as his hopes of back-to-back league victories went up in smoke with owner Mike Ashley among a crowd of 47,653 at the Stadium of Light.
McClaren’s men were utterly dominant before the break without carving out gilt-edged opportunities, and keeper Rob Elliot was not required to make a single save until he had to pick the ball out of his net in injury time.
Coloccini saw a weak third minute volley saved by Costel Pantilimon, who later fielded efforts from Georginio Wijnaldum and Moussa Sissoko with little difficulty.
However, the Romanian was extended by Black Cats’ old boy Jack Colback’s 27th minute volley at his near post and Aleksandar Mitrovic fired just wide from the resulting corner before Wijnaldum tested the keeper with a curling 44th minute free-kick.
Sunderland were poor and created little of note, but they forced their way in front in stoppage time at the end of the first half as the game erupted into controversy.
Lee Cattermole was fortunate to escape unpunished after Wijnaldum flicked the ball past him and he blocked it with his right arm before appearing to haul the Dutchman down with his left, but not in the opinion of the referee.
But as Newcastle complained bitterly, the home side broke and Jermain Defoe, a 36th minute replacement for the injured Ola Toivonen, slipped a pass into the feet of Fletcher, who was barged to the ground by Coloccini.
Mr Madley pointed to the spot and issued a red card, and Johnson stepped up to slam the penalty into the bottom corner.
Newcastle should have been back on terms within 10 minutes of the restart when Cattermole turned Ayoze Perez’s attempted through-ball into the path of Mitrovic.
The Serbia international stepped inside full-back DeAndre Yedlin, only to drill his shot straight at the advancing Pantilimon.
Fletcher saw a rasping 64th minute effort deflected just over, but the home side extended their lead from the resulting corner when Yann M’Vila’s volley was stabbed into the net by Jones.
Johnson was denied a second goal for the afternoon by the crossbar with 18 minutes remaining, but Fletcher rounded things off with a sweet 86th minute volley from Younes Kaboul’s pin-point cross at the end of a pacy counter-attack.
Sunderland 3-0 Newcastle United – Opta stats
- Sunderland have won the last six Tyne-Wear derbies in league competition; their best ever run against Newcastle United.
- Sam Allardyce has never lost his opening Premier League home game in charge of a club (W4 D1).
- This victory ended a run of 12 top-flight games without a win for the Black Cats (W0 D5 L7).
- Newcastle have managed to score just one goal in their last 627 minutes of football against Sunderland.
- Adam Johnson is now Sunderland’s joint top-scorer in PL derbies against Newcastle (4, level with Kevin Phillips).
- Newcastle United have picked up 10 red cards in the PL since the start of 14/15, three more than any other side.
- Newcastle mustered 12 shots (incl. blocked) in the first half, just three less than their highest total in a complete PL game this season.
- Billy Jones netted only his second PL goal, after also scoring against Newcastle in April 2013.
- This is the first time Sunderland have scored 3+ goals in a PL game since 3rd November 2014 (3-1 v Crystal Palace).